Our Philosophy

The Old Vicarage Residential Care Home aims to provide its Service Users with a secure, relaxed, and homely environment in which their care, well being and comfort are of prime importance.

Carers will strive to preserve and maintain the dignity; individuality and privacy of all Service Users within a warm and caring atmosphere, and in so doing will be sensitive to the Service Users ever changing needs. Such needs may be medical (for physical and mental welfare), cultural, psychological, spiritual, emotional and social, and Service Users are encouraged to participate in the development of their individualised Care Plans in which the involvement of family and friends may be appropriate and is greatly valued.

A homely, therapeutic environment has been established by the encouragement and implementation of several aspects of individualisation regarding personal possessions i.e. clothing chosen by the resident where possible, toiletries and handbags. Relatives and care staff participate in an on-going programme of reality orientation by the use of personal effects i.e. photographs associated with the residents’ life in the community, with their families and by the use of reality orientation aids in the home. Residents will be escorted to visit shops to choose their own clothing and other personal requirements where possible. If this is not appropriate care staff anticipates individual needs with the help of relative’s advice and from the carers’ observations of the residents preferences. Small items of personal furniture are welcome.

This will be achieved through programmes of activities designed to encourage mental alertness, self-esteem, and social interaction with other Service Users and with recognition of the following core values of care, which are fundamental to the philosophy of our Home.